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The problem with George W. Bush’s call for unity is he is responsible for many of the divisions he says America must heal

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“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,” Bush said, alluding to supporters of former President Donald Trump that stormed the Capitol on January 6. “But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit,” he added.

Bush’s words come just a week before a right-wing rally in support of the Capitol rioters on September 18 in Washington is slated, many of whom identify with the Republican Party of which Bush is also a member.

How is it possible that a two-term Republican president disagrees so much with his own party’s base now? Because, ironically, it was actually Bush’s policies that exacerbated the contradictions within American society that he’s referring to.

For example, Bush talked about disregard for human life, which is objectively a defining feature of his presidency, considering he launched a global ‘war on terror’, which included the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that........

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